Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 15–17
Competitors 39 from 25 nations
Winning time 14:05.0
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Mohammed Gammoudi  Tunisia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kipchoge Keino  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Naftali Temu  Kenya
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The Men's 5000 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The event was held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 15–17.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 5000m competition consisted of three heats (Round 1) and a Final. The top five runners from each heat advanced to the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Ron Clarke (AUS) 13:16.6 Stockholm, Sweden July 5, 1966
Olympic record  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 13:39.6 Melbourne, Australia November 26, 1956

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Kipchoge Keino  Kenya 14:28.4 Q
2 Mohammed Gammoudi  Tunisia 14:29.0 Q
3 Mamo Wolde  Ethiopia 14:29.8 Q
4 Bob Finlay  Canada 14:31.8 Q
5 Emiel Puttemans  Belgium 14:34.6 Q
6 Bernd Dießner  East Germany 14:41.0
7 Rashid Sharafetdinov  Soviet Union 14:44.0
8 Dick Taylor  Great Britain 14:46.6
9 Keisuke Sawaki  Japan 15:00.8
10 György Kiss  Hungary 15:13.0
11 Lou Scott  United States 15:13.6
12 Esau Adenji  Cameroon 15:46.2
13 Gabriel M'Boa  Central African Republic 17:33.0
14 Juan Valladares  Honduras 18:21.6

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Naftali Temu  Kenya 14:20.4 Q
2 Ron Clarke  Australia 14:20.8 Q
3 Wohib Masresha  Ethiopia 14:27.0 Q
4 Jack Bacheler  United States 14:31.0 Q
5 Nikolay Sviridov  Soviet Union 14:38.8 Q
6 Ahmed Zammel  Tunisia 14:54.0
7 Alan Blinston  Great Britain 15:06.2
8 Werner Schneiter  Switzerland 15:08.2
9 Mustafa Musa  Uganda 15:10.2
10 Edward Stawiarz  Poland 15:13.8
11 Werner Girke  West Germany 15:20.8
12 Rafael Pérez  Costa Rica 15:41.4
13 Benjamin Silva-Netto  Philippines 17:10.2
14 Clovis Morales  Honduras 18:40.2

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Jean Wadoux  France 14:19.8 Q
2 Juan Máximo Martínez  Mexico 14:20.0 Q
3 Harald Norpoth  West Germany 14:20.6 Q
4 Rex Maddaford  New Zealand 14:20.8 Q
5 Fikru Deguefu  Ethiopia 14:21.6 Q
6 Bob Day  United States 14:23.2
7 Leonid Mykytenko  Soviet Union 14:44.0
8 Allan Rushmer  Great Britain 15:05.2
9 Julio Quevedo  Guatemala 15:23.0
N/A Dave Ellis  Canada DNF
N/A Roland Brehmer  Poland DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Mohammed Gammoudi  Tunisia 14:05.0
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kipchoge Keino  Kenya 14:05.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Naftali Temu  Kenya 14:06.4
4 Juan Máximo Martínez  Mexico 14:10.8
5 Ron Clarke  Australia 14:12.4
6 Wohib Masresha  Ethiopia 14:17.6
7 Nikolay Sviridov  Soviet Union 14:18.4
8 Fikru Deguefu  Ethiopia 14:19.0
9 Jean Wadoux  France 14:20.8
10 Rex Maddaford  New Zealand 14:39.8
11 Bob Finlay  Canada 14:45.0
12 Emiel Puttemans  Belgium 14:59.6
N/A Harald Norpoth  West Germany DNF

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
DNF - Did Not Finish

References[edit]